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The death of cash: notes and coins could disappear by 2025
Posted on 15th August 2017

The death of cash: notes and coins could disappear by 2025

The Telegraph published the above article, it’s a pretty bold statement to make but if you read the article it’s hard to argue with the facts. Contactless payments are on the rise with most bank/credit cards supporting it as well as the popular Apple Pay.

Looking at things from a personal stand point I have to agree with the article to an extent, over the last few years I have found myself carrying and using less cash. Paying by card or PayPal has become the norm for me.  I like the idea of not having to carry anything around including bank cards so wearable tech could have a big part to pay in the future.

I think less than a decade is maybe a bit of a stretch in terms of it completely disappearing, however I look at my children especially my eldest who is 9 and she is so tech savvy, her generation will definitely do away with it. They are growing up in an era where everything is at their fingertips shopping, music, films, television, social interaction it makes sense that money will also become part of their digital world.

At the moment there is probably still too many people who are struggling to get to grips with the tech world we are living in to abolish cash totally. I think you are probably looking at least a couple of decades before you see the end of cash. However cash is certainly not king anymore although some people still think it is key in the business world, however it will not help get a deal over the line in the modern world.


Garden centre shop fit & project management
Posted on 14th August 2017

Garden centre shop fit & project management 

Here at F & G Smart Shopfittings our attitude has always been nothing is too much trouble and as a result of this we always strive to go above and beyond the usual requirements of a customer. When managing a large project the expertise and knowledge of others is of great importance as this can be a very stressful process.

We were approached by a large local garden centre with the brief that they required a cost effective modular shelving system with complete flexibility. They wished to change the products they displayed seasonally and therefore needed a system that could cope with heavy products on shelves, smaller items on display hooks and giftware preferably on glass shelves.

We suggested that Tegometall Shelving would be the ideal product for them as it is capable of taking the weight but also has a wide range of accessories available. Additionally to give a more aesthetic appearance we included for Timber MDF Slatboard Panels to the rear in the colour of their choice. For the giftware section we also replaced the steel shelves for Glass along with specially designed horizontal supports and a timber base storage cupboard to increase efficiency of replenishing stock.

The next step was to arrange a site visit with their retail manager to discuss their requirements in full detail and take measurements to enable us to plan the layout utilising the space without giving the feel of being overcrowded as the customer experience was of high importance.

Once the specification was approved the next step was to arrange the logistics and installation as this needed to run like clockwork. The client was arranging the structural building works themselves and needed the equipment to arrive immediately after this was completed.

Over the years we have built strong relationships with many shopfitters allowing us to select the most suitable contractor for the job at the most competitive rates. In total there was over 140 bays of shelving to be assembled, positioned and securely fixed in place. The contractor that we worked with on this project was used to dealing with stores of this size and their team completed this in a matter of days enabling the client to merchandise and open in time for Christmas.



Amazon Go is it the future?
Posted on 11th August 2017


Check out the video above about Amazon Go, I know it has been around for a while now but the amount of views this has had on the YouTube shows the interest in this idea. Could this be the future of physical shops? the ability to stroll in to a shop and pick up what you want then walk out is something I find very appealing.

I don’t know whether it is just a man thing but I am not a fan of the hanging around when it comes to shopping. I regularly get dragged around a supermarket by my wife, the shopping itself isn’t so bad but what does annoy me is the queuing and then having stuff essentially thrown at you by the person on the checkout and having to pack a weeks’ worth of shopping in 30 seconds. Being able to walk around and pack stuff as you go then just stroll back to the car seems a lot less stressful.

Although the video only shows a grocery store the possibilities for this idea would work for most sectors of the retail industry. It is interesting that a company like Amazon who have made a name for themselves as an online retailer is now exploring the idea of physical shops, this should be a clear indication to people that there will always be a need for a physical location.

People like to touch and feel things, see the quality of an item before they purchase something. Ordering online of course offers you the chance to return items without any quibble in most cases but the whole process can be pretty annoying. Amazon Go could be an industry defining idea, it would certainly make me more likely to visit a shop if the hassle was taken out of the equation.

The concept would take a long time to implement and there is obviously some security risks for certain items but I am sure people would be able to come up with solutions for these problems. We live in a world where people value their time greatly and the idea behind Amazon Go perfectly fits in with that way of life, no fuss, no hanging around just what you want when you need it.


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Shop Shelving Run Extra
Posted on 18th March 2015

The difference between a bay and run extra / finisher.

We supply Tegometall bays with one upright and base leg. This means you can attach multiple bays together to create a run of shelving. The run extra / finisher is comprised of an upright and base leg and is needed to complete the run of shelving.



Shop Shelving
Posted on 17th March 2015

Why is Tegometall shop shelving universally loved by shopkeepers?

By sticking to basic qualities since the 1950’s:

Tegometall provides a complete range of shop shelving, it must suit anything from grocery stores, to pharmacy chains and builders merchants. Modular in every sense.

Tegometall is unbelievably strong, with maximum weight loads similar to warehouse racking. You can rest assured your shop shelving will easily support any items you want to display.

Not only is Tegometall ridiculously strong, this strength also highlights its quality. Quality of design, raw materials and manufacture. This means Tegometall is the most durable shelving solution available world wide. Be proud knowing your shop shelving will last you many decades.

It must be effortless enough for ‘every man’ to assemble. To make it even easier for our customers, we provide set up instructions. Simple enough for shopkeepers to consider assembling it themselves to save on fitting services.

Tegometall gives your shop a beautiful appearance, with various colours and additional features available, such as wood work and acrylics. Set your shop apart using Tegometall for a professional, clean and fresh look.

Also, as a valued Smart customer, we offer a unique two year warranty* on all of your shop shelving.

Try using our parts list for an instant response from our sales staff.

How can Smart help you?

•Your vision is our mission, so we are committed to going the extra mile.

Beginning in the planning phase with comprehensive support and consultation, full design layouts and 3D drawings.

Experience from many years supplying shop shelving and fittings mean we will supply the correct products.

Our massive stock holdings and rapid delivery means no delay to you.

•Installation can be completed within the shortest time frame with minimal disruption to your operations, at industry leading prices.

Visit the nation’s largest showroom and distribution centre to find your answers.

Shop Layout & Diversion Tactics
Posted on 17th March 2015

So this year we have been thinking a lot about shop layouts and product placement not just to advise our customers but for ourselves as we look to improve our showroom and the way we display our product range. So with that in mind we have been reading through blogs and tactics for laying out your shop in a more constructive and eye catching way. So with that in mind we thought we would share what we have been reading with you guys.

Diversion Tactics

Read the article here

This is a great read for people who are looking to maximise there product placement in there convenience stores to make sure your customers see all the products you offer not just what they have come in to store for, to help increase the chances of impulse purchases. The article also touches on the importance of being able to easily navigate your store.

Being able to easily navigate your store should be a main priority its is all good and well overloading your space with shelving and displays but if customers can’t get round your store then this will all be for nothing. Make sure there is sufficient space between aisles for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Use promotional end units to give your customers a taste of what is in each aisle try and keep your fast selling products at the eye line of the customer. Try to avoid making your shop an obstacle course keep everything flowing and try to encourage customers to walk down each aisle.

What we have found is that most advise is just common sense try and think of the experience you would like when walking in to a shop because that will pretty much dictate the way you should layout your shop.